Citing a need for more time, attorneys representing the Kansas City lawyer accused of killing her father at his Sunrise Beach home were successful in delaying her trial until 2013.
Accompanied by her lawyers, Susan Elizabeth "Liz" Van Note appeared in Boone County Circuit Court for a pre-trial hearing on Monday, Dec. 3. Her trial was scheduled to begin on Dec. 12. The new trial date is set for Nov. 12, 2013.
Van Note stands accused of forgery and first degree murder in the death of her 67-year-old father, William Van Note in October 2010. She is currently free on bond after posting $1 million in cash. Van Note is believed to have schemed to kill her father to gain control of his estate.
Two accomplices, Desre and Stacey Dory, of Johnson County, were also arrested and charged with second degree murder and forgery. The Dorys were referred to as friends of Susan Van Note. The Dory's are accused of acting as witnesses, signing as witnesses on s forged power of attorney that lead to William Van Note being removed from life support.
William B. Van Note and Sharon L. Dickson, 59 died after being shot and stabbed at his home in Sunrise Beach on Oct. 2, 2010. Dickson was pronounced dead at the scene. Van Note was taken to Columbia with life-threatening injuries.
William Van Note was a successful Kansas City area businessman. He and Dickson had shared a long-term relationship. No charges have been filed in connection with Dickson's murder.
Despite multiple gunshot wounds that would claim his life three days later, William B. Van Note managed to make a 911 call to report he and his companion had just been shot.
The couple had been seen returning home around 5 p.m. earlier that evening. No one in the neighborhood reported hearing anything that evening prior to be awakened by sirens and dogs barking.
William B. Van Note died three days later after being removed from life support while he was undergoing treatment at a Boone County hospital.
According to court documents, Susan Van Note is charged with allegedly committing forgery. The court is claiming that on or about October 4, 2010, in Boone County, Van Note "with purpose to defraud, transferred with knowledge or belief that it would be used as genuine a writing, namely a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care of William B. Van Note, knowing that it had been authenticated so that it purported to have been made by authority of one who did not give such authority."
Documents also allege that Van Note either acted alone or with others to commit murder in the first degree by "shooting him and by transferring a forged Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care of Williams B. Van Note purported to have been signed and executed by William B. Van Note to deny him life sustaining medical treatment."
By Joyce L. Miller
Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
By Joyce L. Miller
Updated Dec. 3, 2012 @ 4:15 pm
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